Veteran’s Day was a very good day for newly married soldier Henry Alvarado and his beloved German Shepherd, Dukey. Thanks to the intervention of Rescue From the Hart and The Animal Protectorates, the two of them will be together for a while longer, hopefully for years to come.
Just a few days ago, the story could have been very different. After three deployments, Alvarado got word from his command that for his fourth, he would be stationed in Alaska. But just a few days before he was scheduled to leave, Dukey got hit by a car. The accident wasn’t just a light sideswipe. Dukey was severely injured, and besides needing to leave, Alvarado didn’t have the money to pay for the surgery. He had already lost a family member with every tour of duty: First his grandmother, then his grandfather, then his other grandmother. It looked very possible that he was going to lose his best friend at the beginning of his fourth.